Got emails about two unique jobs and thought I’d Post them:
Seeking full-time shop manager for bicycle fabrication and testing in Kibera, Kenya
Worldbike, working in cooperation with UN-Habitat, is seeking a full time shop manager to work in Kibera, Kenya between the dates of March 8th and June 31st, 2009. Worldbike is a U.S.-based NGO that promotes bicycles as tools for development primarily through the creation of livelihoods and for the provision of essential services for those most in need.
Currently, Worldbike is testing non-motorized technologies in solid waste management applications in urban and peri-urban settlements in Kibera and the Lake Naivasha area. The offered position seeks a person who can 1) take over the development of existing prototype designs and a workshop 2) work with and train two inexperienced assistants 3) research and source difficult to procure materials and components and 4) undertake a methodical and iterative testing process.
The most successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to adapt quickly, focus on project goals, and remain organized while working within the context of a UN-Habitat project.
Position Title: Shop Manager
-extensive experience in bicycle mechanics (experience in mixed bike mechanic environments a must)
-moderate experience in vehicle design and fabrication (tinkering, welding, engineering skills a must)
-computer and internet proficiency (will be responsible for reporting on work and outcomes)
-strong grasp of basic mechanical principles and the ability to communicate them
-experience working in a results-focused environment
-familiarity with international development concepts and community-based approaches
-experience in entrepreneurship and business operations
-having the Yellow Fever vaccine since it can sometimes be in short supply
The selected candidate will be expected to develop a sustainable supply of non-motorized vehicles appropriate to solid waste management in urban settlement settings. This is to be accomplished either through domestic production, foreign sourcing or, more likely, some combination of the two. The work is to be conducted in collaboration with a local youth group and with the ultimate goal of establishing a viable business enterprise to be owned by the group selling, marketing, and utilizing non-motorized vehicles. The candidate will be responsible for:
Developing vehicle designs and sourcing needed materials
Managing the assets of a workshop
Managing two shop assistants
Developing and teaching a bicycle mechanics, design, and fabrication curriculum
Maintaining rigorous records of activities and research results
Working in collaboration with business planning efforts that will make the workshop a sustainable enterprise
$1500/mo. Travel expenses included. Potential future work ahead.
The selected candidate will be signed as an independent contractor to Worldbike.
Please send a C.V. and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
and one more local:
We’re getting ready for spring and looking at bringing another employee on board here at Bike Trailer Shop.
Despite the slow economy we’re still growing at a good pace and from our view point it looks like the utility cycling movement will be growing strongly in the year ahead.
We are currently seeking an employee to join our team here in Flagstaff, AZ.
I was wondering if you might be willing to mention our available position on your Blog.
It seems that among your readership there is likely someone who would be interested in the opportunity.
Detail about our position are on the About Us section of our web shop.
Let me know if I can fill you in on any further details.
Thank you for your time and consideration.